Cameron says NATO mission will continue
The NATO mission to protect civilians in Libya will continue as long as needed as a "difficult situation" remains in Tripoli, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday, DPA reported.
"The priority is to ensure security in Tripoli," said Cameron in London. However, he said Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi was "in full retreat" and the fighting should stop now.
"Gaddafi must stop fighting, without conditions, and clearly show that he has given up any claim to control Libya," said Cameron. He added that Gaddafi's future should be put in the hands of the new Libyan authorities.
Cameron said Britain should be "proud" of its contribution towards Libya's transition to democracy. But while the Libyan people were a "step closer to their dream," an "enormous amount of work" still remained to be done.
Cameron, placing the events in Libya in the context of the so-called Arab Spring, expressed satisfaction that "yet another country" had seen the "end of a dictator" and was heading for a better future.